LAKEWOOD - The Lakewood Tigers recorded their first victory in a scrappy 27-13 win over Pine Creek Thursday at Jeffco Stadium.
The Tigers had three different players score rushing touchdowns, and Lakewood managed to hold off a Pine Creek team that wouldn’t go away.
“The final score looks like we handled them but that wasn’t necessarily the case tonight,” Lakewood coach Mark Robinson said. “They played us tough, but we needed to find a way to win this game.”
Lakewood took a 13-0 lead in the first quarter before letting Pine Creek back into the game in the second quarter, 13-6.
Junior sensation Sean Pinson scored a third quarter rushing touchdown from the goal line, giving the Tigers enough cushion to hold on. Pinson finished with 51 rushing yards on 15 carries.
“We never got set off tonight for some reason but you also have to give their defense some credit because they played us tough tonight,” Pinson said.
Lakewood senior Casey Nichols had a rushing touchdown and finished with 6 rushing yards.
The game was certainly not a must-win considering the season is so young, but if Lakewood wants to sneak into the state championship game like they did a couple seasons ago, the Tigers had to handle their business against Pine Creek.
“We have a good team and good players but that doesn’t mean we are going to win easy. That actually means we have to work even harder to get back to where we want to be,” Robinson said.
The Tigers (1-1) will be tested again when they play powerhouse Pomona Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Jeffco Stadium.